Removing pond scum

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  1. Double L

    Double L Active Member

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    This is my pond at work which is spring feed. Any good recommendations on what to use to keep it looking clear?[​IMG]


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  2. Cap'n

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    copper sulfate will kill the algae. You can only treat 1/2 the pond at a time though because it takes the oxygen out of the water and you don't want a fish kill. You can get it in crystal form and throw it in the pond like feeding chickens or in liquid form called Cutrine Plus and either spray it or pour it.
     
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    Sterile grass carp are a good natural option.
     
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    We looked into this on a five acre pond we have that has become overrun with Lilly pads and moss.

    Apparently you have to fill out loads of paperwork and submit to state. They review and will send a biologist out for site survey. Then once that is done there is still no guarantee that you will be approved and receive a permit. Not to mention application fees and all that good stuff because they don’t do anything for free.

    Then if you want to have another pond stocked with typloid grass carp you have to repeat the process all over again.

    I big pain in the arse!

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    Google barley straw. Worked for me.
     
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    You water is acidic. Put out a few bags of Lime along the edge. With time, ph will change and climate for growth will change. Done all the time in acid water in mining county. The main problem with ponds is fert is spread in land around them and that is main cause of agae growth. Should never spread fert under 100 yds around ponds even in farm country.
     
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    You don’t have to do any of that in South Carolina. The fisheries that sell the carp have to be approved by DNR but that’s it.
     
  8. TreeDaddy

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    Cutrine plus will work miracles for algae and pond scum
    As mentioned, treat no more than 1/3 infestation at a time

    tilapia also works well also for algae

    Grass carp application was not that difficult......state does require egress barriers......grass carp love hydrilla....avoid stocking them in summer heat and wait until fall

    Lillypads/american lotus respond to gly(surfactant a must)

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    Yes I was surprised about all the red tape in Texas. We’re known for how “loose” a lot of our laws are but not in this case.


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    Yeah but Texas has some of the best bass fishing in the world. They are just trying to protect it. What would Lake Fork or Sam Rayburn be with out vegetation.
     
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    No doubt. I guess what I was so frustrated about is that they make it very difficult to go chemical free and use carp yet I can go to a chemical supply store and purchase the stuff to kill the whole pond including all the fish if I don’t know what I’m doing.


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    Problem with grass carp is they eat alot when growing and grow fast and then slow down on eating so they need replaced.Kind of freaky seeing a 3ft fish swimming around
     
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    That is true!!!!

    They look like submarines. Effectiveness diminishes with time I understand 7-8 years

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    From what I hear is that they’re hard to catch as well.


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  15. TheOldOak

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    We threw about 8 grass carp in my parent's 1.5 acre pond back 15 years ago. They cleaned it up fast! Problem was, they basically ate everything green within reach and soon there was no vegetation left. After about three years, the grass carp were at least 10 lbs each. My father, being the problem solver he was, realized there were too many and got out the old military issue Mauser. You could never catch those things, they are very skittish. They do love to sit in the sun just below the surface. Well, he got all but one of them, which is all we needed in the first place. That one lasted at least 10 years and was 3-4 feet long at last sighting. Haven't seen him in 2-3 years though, so he must have finally died. Probably weighed over 50 lbs at peak, and yes, he did look like a submarine moving through the water. Could also put up a heck of a wave when startled, made for some funny reactions from fishermen that didn't know he was in there!
     
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    How to remove pond scum...
    Vote them out of office:D
    Drain the swamp.
     
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    [​IMG]thank you for the input, copper sulfate worked wonders.


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